AAR reports volume gains for week ending June 15
Weekly carload volume—at 288,879—was up 0.5 percent compared to a year ago, and intermodal—at 254,266 trailers and containers—saw a 1.7 percent annual gain.
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Carload and intermodal volumes were up annually for the week ending June 15, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Weekly carload volume—at 288,879—was up 0.5 percent compared to a year ago and ahead of the week ending January 8 at 278,249 and the week ending June 1 at 269,276.
Intermodal—at 254,266 trailers and containers—saw a 1.7 percent annual gain and was ahead of the weeks ending June 8 and June 1 at 252,641 and 248,210, respectively.
Total weekly traffic for carloads and intermodal units—at 543,145—was up 1.1 percent annually.
Of the ten main commodity groups tracked by the AAR, four saw annual increases.
Petroleum and petroleum products were up 35.6 percent. Grain was down 12.1 percent.
On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 1.6 percent at 6,648,308 and intermodal is up 3.9 percent at 5,767,958 containers and trailers.
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Transportation of freight in containers was first recorded around 1780 to move coal along England’s Bridgewater Canal. However, "modern" intermodal rail service by a major U.S. railroad only dates back to 1936. Malcom McLean’s Sea-Land Service significantly advanced intermodalism, showing how freight could be loaded into a “container” and moved by two or more modes economically and conveniently. As with all new technologies, there were problems that slowed the growth, which influenced many potential customers to shy away from moving intermodal.
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